Earlier this month Russell Crowe found himself in the middle of every sea kayakers nightmare. During a kayaking trip off Long Island's Cold Spring Harbor, Crowe realized he was lost as it became dark. The Coast Guard found Crowe and his partner around 10PM and "gave them a lift" as they describe it.
I must say he handled himself perfectly, beaching his kayak rather than trying to figure out how to get home in the dark. This leads me to wonder how many paddlers out there would be prepared if they found themselves in a similar situation. Carrying the necessary safety gear and knowing how to perform sea kayaking rescues is one thing. Making the right decisions is another.